Prohibition was intended to rid the world of the vices of alcohol, by outlawing its consumption and access to the common man. Alcoholism is defined as “a preoccupation with alcohol and impaired control over alcohol intake. Alcoholism is a chronic, often progressive disease. Left untreated, alcoholism can be fatal (Mayo Clinic, 2007).” Prohibition was a thirteen year experiment by the government of the United States to control the behavior and actions of the people. The results of this experiment were flagrantly negative due to poor planning and underachieving efforts on the part of the government to properly compensate for the efficiency and effectiveness of organized crime and bootleggers. This essay will illustrate the highs and lows of
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Many Americans do not realize this country was almost turned inside out due to the “right to drink” alcohol being stripped from the grasp of the common man (Behr, 1996). Politicians in the early 1900’s sought to impede American citizens and their ability to partake in alcoholic beverages (Behr, 1996). These politicians believed American values were being destroyed by the consumption of alcohol and the very fiber of America was being stripped of its moral value (Behr, 1996).
According to the former Mayor of New York Fiorella LaGuardia “Many times in life, the rights of Americans seem to be too free. Freedom without some sense of order leads us to chaos (LaGuardia, 1926).” In the history of the United States, Alcohol has been viewed as a chaotic force that was ripping the country apart. The US government witnessed firsthand how the usage, sale, and overall business of alcohol was destroying the fabric of America, and poisoning the inner lining of everything the four fathers fought to build. New York City was the premier example of Alcohol becoming too hard to regulate. In NYC from 1900-1909, there were 526 alcohol related deaths (USDC, 1924). From 1910 to 1917, the mortality rate reached 619 (USDC, 1924). During 1918 to 1927 the death toll in NYC reached 822 (USDC, 1924). The alcohol phenomena was a proverbial “raging beast” that was problematic for the safety of Americans (LaGuardia, 1926; Malzburb, 1949). The